The project STAMP was created to be an advocate for the benefits of cooperation and networking in the music sector, mainly targeting Central, Eastern and South-East Europe. The project aims to develope exemplary tools for ongoing professional trainings such as workshop models, online learning tools or guidelines for mentors and trainers; these tools are free to use or to develop further.
Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CESEE) are musically rich regions with long-standing music traditions and innovative approaches. Highly qualified musicians and music professionals offer a wide range of musical activities and music organisations in this region are active in a broad range of disciplines.
At the same time, a lack of know-how in effective networking and fruitful international cooperation has often been expressed; even the benefits of networking do not seem to be recognised by all. To fill this gap the European Music Council has launched the STAMP project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
STAMP addresses 5 main themes:
The online course, also referred to as “Intellectual Output 1”, comprising 12 webinar sessions, addresses a variety of topics relevant to music professionals in the 21st century.
Sessions included up to 60 participants. Each webinar is live – participants could ask questions and debate during the webinar – but will be recorded and made available at other times for streaming.
A Multiplier Event (E1) took place in April 2017 in Nicosia, Cyprus, to promote the Webinars.
YEMP (Young Even Management Programme) is an existing training for young managers in the choral world. A group of young managers are selected to attend a major festival a week before it starts for “theoretical” training. They are then placed in different departments of the festival, with responsibility, and do “on the job training”. They have “coaches” who visit and advise them and help them whom they can turn to in case of difficulties/questions. YEMP will be adapted for STAMP as a model training activity in festival/event management, referred to as “Intellectual Output 2”. To the traditional YEMP training of young managers (under the age of 30 years) the STAMP partners can add in total 5 persons who will then be joining the young managers from the choral field (this activity is referred to as C2). Additionally there will be a training for STAMP partners or their associates not only to implement this training for young managers in their own context but also to develop a model which then is free to be used by others. This activity is referred to as C1.
To address the vast topic of audience development, three main approaches are focused on by the STAMP project:
- Digital outreach
- Interacting with young audiences
- Interdisciplinary Approach – music combined with video
In preparation for the so-called Output 3 a Multiplyer Event (E4) took place in Zagreb, Croatia on 29th of September 2017. Not only an introduction to the vast field of audience development was given but also the listeners were informed about the upcoming further learning material, about first research available on audience development as well as about the other models and key actions the STAMP project will provide. At the so-called Transnational Meeting on 1st October, a meeting where all the STAMP partners get together, to talk further about how the Output 3 could look like and which aspects need to be covered so the sector can benefit from this handbook.
This theme targets the development of a model for music as tool for working with disadvantaged youth. In early 2018 the Output 4 will be tackled in detail.
Music is an extraordinary medium for community-building and social inclusion through the development of new skills and experiences, and a small number of initiatives today apply this rational to working with at-risk youth. STAMP aims to develop a model that can be adapted and applied to the various situations of disadvantaged youth. Music making, pedagogy and conceptual frameworks through which to understand the work and intersecting fields (ie. music therapy, applied ethnomusicology, etc.) will be explored in the goal of exchanging best practices and experiences, leading to the creation of a training model for musicians and social workers. This will be enhanced by guidelines.
A 5-day course provided training for staff of music organisations to become mentors for colleagues in their region or professional field. This Learning Activity worked as a test run for Output 5. The course focused on developing skills in working with other regions and nations, and improving networking as a tool for increasing a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. The participants of the test run left with a much clearer vision of the outline of their project. Read the full workshop description here.